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Ketchup Prawns

I simply love prawns (or better known as shrimps in some parts of the world). This dish – combining ketchup, tomatoes and prawns – is such an easy, fuss free and yummy way of cooking prawns. I love the gravy over steamed rice.

Ketchup Prawns Recipe

The sweet & slightly sauce is perfect with a bowl of steamed rice.


  •  10 large prawns shells & veins removed (leaving the tail end intact)
  • 1/2 tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/2 tbsp chopped garlic
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup, mixed with 25 ml of water
  • 1 chilli deseeded and cut to long strips
  • 1 small tomato cut to small chucks


  1. Heat oil in wok and stir fry garlic & chilli until the garlic just starts to change colour.
  2. Add prawns and stir fry briefly until they are almost cooked.
  3. Add the ketchup liquid and tomato wedges. Stir evenly and let the sauce simmer briefly.

Note: You can stir in a beaten egg to cook at step 3 if you like.

40 comments on “Ketchup Prawns”

  1. E for KC, juhuacha: Thanks n hope u like it! Feel free to give me any feedback ;)

    Tom Aarons: Thanks & welcome! :D

    MWL: Thanks! Nice blog u have! :up:

    Katie: In Singapore, we tend to refer to shrimps as the smaller prawns. But I noticed that in the western countries, people refer to what we call ‘prawns’ as shrimps :?: -> confused look :P

    WC: Thanks! Actually I wasn’t sure if ketchup counted as ‘tomato’ in the strictest sense, so I added tomato chunks :|

    WORC: Thanks … you are so kind :-)

  2. I just tried this recipe on Fri.
    Gosh, it’s really nice and I think it tastes like Chilli Crab. Especially with the egg beaten in.
    Thanks for the great recipe!

  3. Thanks for your feedback Josephine … glad to hear your like it :halo: :-)

  4. I also cook something similar to this, but no ketchup, more tomatoes (if tomatoes aren’t sweet, add a dash of granulated white or brown sugar), & I use garlic chili.
    I substitute the prawns with either fried hard-boiled eggs (cut in half length-wise) or deep fried eggplant (deep fried with tempura batter & egg or you can just use the normal flour & egg batter).
    The taste is more spicy & less tangy (because no ketchup) 8)

  5. i love this! its so easy to cook and i’ve done it a few times now. thanks!

  6. Tried the dish just the other day. Thanks for the recipe!

    Hope you don’t that I add your link to my newly set up blog so that my friends whom are novice cooks like me can learn too. :-)

  7. We tried this with McDonald’s garlic chilli packet sauce (we collected uneaten ones), with a little bit of ketchup, Shaoxing wine and fry with garlic… tastes like Chilli Crab sauce!


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  9. this is really simple to cook!
    I added beaten egg to the last step and it really looks like chilli crab sauce juz that this is tomato.
    Very yummy. Thanks for the great recipie

  10. Hi Wiffy

    Once again, thanks for your constant sharing of your recipes. They are pretty easy to follow for a noob like me. I am seldom in the kitchen bec my MIL is in charge ;o).

    My girls have requested me to try cooking chilli crab (not to spicy) but I searched your web site and could not locate it. May I know if I could use the above “ketchup-prawns” recipe to subsitute with crab. How much ingredients must I increase?

    Please help, thanks!


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